What to actually do (besides nothing) for severe hyponatremia
One of my big keys is to not try to "not violate HIPAA" – that's easy and too low of a bar.
The real key is to not piss off the carpetwalkers: I don't want to have to defend myself in a meeting with Risk Management. Instead, I want to maintain a general profile I can defend to my dean and my department chair (and maybe someday to the promotion & tenure committee).
Twitter is a Giant Elevator
My big overall philosophy is that social media is like talking on an elevator. But: my mom, department chair, medical school dean, the patients' family, and a million other people are in the elevator. Obviously that doesn't mean that I'm always banal and polite. Rather, I recognize that people will see what I write and it is always tied to me.
Easy version: never talk about real patients.
Slightly tougher but still easy: if I do want to talk about real patients, I change enough of the details so that if the actual patient were to see it, the patient wouldn't recognize that it was them.
Two mistakes people make: date of service and age over 90 are HIPAA-protected PHI. The number one thing I do if I am referencing something that happened to a real patient is that I don't do it the same day (or even the same week).
I never even reference "oh look what happened on my drive to work today" so there can't be a real connection between anything I say and a real patient. And I don't share pictures from work or of patients without all of my ducks in a row (if at all).
I'm not opposed to being anonymous, but I'm very much intentionally not. This is partially as a check on myself -- I know whatever I say is tied to me. A big part of it is to avoid the fear of people discovering my secret identity.
I'm not recommending anyone be anonymous on social media, but if I were, I would tell all my relevant bosses (e.g. program director, chair). If something serious "goes down," i.e. there's some sort of scandal, and it's a total surprise and secret to everyone, I imagine that there will likely be a big sense of betrayal.
But I don't want to be anonymous, it means you are giving up a lot of the upside. There are legitimate career, academic, and potentially financial benefits to being active on social media as a medical professional. I imagine all of that is possible but a lot harder if anonymous.
1This month CanadiEM is features an article recently published in the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine (CJEM) that compares the Sacco and START triage methods.2 The START (Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment) triage method is the most commonly used triage method worldwide and sorts patients based on their vitals and ability to walk. By contrast, the Sacco triage method is a newly developed system that sorts patients based on their vitals and available resources. ...
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